I know I am restricted by all sorts of gagging clauses and confidentiality clauses regarding my job, but this is SO important in my life that I just have to blog how I feel about about it.
There are also other uncomfortable measures proposed, like everybody will work 12.5 hour shifts, so they can cut staff numbers and ” if agreement cannot be reached TBT may consider terminating the existing contracts of certain groups of staff and combining this with an immediate offer to re-engage on revised terms and conditions of employment”..
This is they say, to cope with the financial crisis that is facing my place of work. Which I shall call The Bureaucracy Trust. (TBT) This is no secret as it has been in the media
. I am not going to comment on the morality of all this, rather how I feel about it. But I am chosing my words very carefully
Panic…will I ever go to Paris again?
Panic……will I lose my house,
Panic…I will spiral down into poverty and depression.
Panic….I will end up living in a cardboard box!The mood at work varies from
“ I am Ok this will happen to other people and I feel really sorry for them,”
” I am too important /insignificant to be made redundant”
“I will be out of work in three months”HELP”
“I will take any rubbish measures and do anything to keep my job!
“what can I do to discredit my colleagues/ justify my position, so that they will be chosen instead of me”
” we can’t let them do this, we will march and threaten strike action”
“we are all in this together, what can we do to minimise the damage?”
Yes unfortunately this situation brings out the worst and the best in people
Today, I am definitely in the Panic camp. I am a union representative and sat in meetings all day yesterday and I am being realistic, nobody is safe from the outside consultants, who have been brought in to to the job.
I swang between wanting to march and threaten strikes to the more realistic damage limitation stance.
So watch this space.
But for the meantime I am off to Glasgow for a bit of me time and to forget my anxietes.
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